Shu'mata Camp, Amboseli, Tanzania
SHU’MATA CAMP, under Kilimanjaro – HEAVEN ON EARTH IN TANZANIA
In Maijo’s language, Maa, “Shu’mata” means something like “above the clouds” or “heaven”. To me, this luxurious refuge, made up of a handful of living tents in Hemingway style, is a piece of the very magic of which East Africa is made. “Shu’mata” is not a real national park, not folklore commercialized, not even a ‘real’ hotel. It is a small but amazing permanent camp on a hill in the midst of original Maasailand. It is an unforgettable place, even if not memorised on photographs.
Shu’mata Camp is directly under Kilimanjaro with spectacular views of the African Savannah. Its in traditional Maasailand bordering the world famous Amboseli National Park. The camp is located within the Amboseli ecosystem focusing on elephant protection and survival. The ‘Sparkling elephant’ project in the closest village called Sinya at the foot of the seven sisters focus on education & awareness at grass root level in the Sinya boarding schools. The big cat guardians support the area converting the Maasai warriors into lion guardians, building fences around the cattle, goat and sheep engang and installing solar lamps to keep the big cats out of the Maasai bomas. This way we protect the Maasai and their livestock from being attack and the lions from being speared, killed and becoming extinct.
Lions, rhinos and elephants but also all other plain and special game roaming the African Savannah, woodlands, deserts, grass steppe & rainforest are on the verge of becoming extinct. Just imagine a world without the African beast. How much life ! Filled with beauty and innocence will be gone. Our pillars! Its time to act. Tourism is the main income source for many sub-Saharan African countries. Book your safari and make an effort to assist tourism in Africa to make Africa’s wildlife valuable while staying ALIVE!